State leaders call for full Line 5 report amid safety concerns
LANSING, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Governor Snyder and other officials are calling for more transparency when it comes to the status of the Line 5 Pipeline.
This comes a week before the state is to release the final version of the Line 5 Alternative Analysis on November 20th.
In December, Enbridge will meet with the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board in Lansing to discuss the pipeline's condition.
These conditions will include the protective coating and anchors, results of its video inspections, automated in-line tests and recent testing.
“This is very troubling and points out exactly why the state has been vigilant about getting information from Enbridge,” said Heidi Grether, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality and co-chair of the PSAB. "It is essential that we get adequate and accurate information from Enbridge to allow the State to continue our pursuit of protecting the Great Lakes."
So far Enbridge has inspected 48 of 128 locations with a majority of those 48 locations having problems with their coating gaps.
“A year ago, Enbridge said there were no coating gaps in the Straits pipeline. Now, there are dozens. When will we know the full accounting of what Enbridge knows about Line 5?” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy and co-chair of the PSAB. “I sincerely hope there are no more surprises when Enbridge gives their presentation to the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board in December. We and the people of Michigan deserve nothing less, and the State will be bringing on additional experts to examine Enbridge’s information and challenge it where necessary.”
The state says it will bring additional technical expertise to evaluate new information from Enbridge about the condition of the pipeline that was built in 1953.
There will be three public feedback sessions for comment after the meeting in Lansing. They will be at the following locations:
• Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Taylor, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, Wayne County Community College District, Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road.
• Tuesday, Dec. 12, in St. Ignace, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Little Bear Arena & Community Center, 275 Marquette St.
• Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Traverse City, beginning at 6 p.m., West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort, Leelanau Banquet Rooms, 615 E. Front St.